Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Science

Concordia University

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Concordia University is in the midst of the most ambitious fundraising campaigns in its history.  A key component of this major institutional campaign is to grow fundraising performance, increase and sustain volunteer and alumni engagement and build advancement and alumni relations capacity within and beyond the University.  Fundraising results have grown significantly and consistently over the last 5 years.

We are seeking a Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Science, to join a dynamic team of development professionals focused on building relationships with prospects and donors to secure major gifts in the Faculty specifically and Concordia University in general. Reporting to the Principal Director of Development,, the incumbent will be responsible for developing a comprehensive prospect strategy plan, for executing all fund development activities, for the cultivation of prospective donors and the solicitation of gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, friends, faculty and staff. 

Concordia offers a stimulating and dynamic environment. Work in an inspiring and challenging place to redefine the 21st century university.

Position Description

  • In collaboration with the Principal Director of Development identify the Faculty priorities and create the case for support which clearly explains the Faculty’s investment opportunities.
  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, develop a Faculty specific solicitation strategy; implement the development plan as identified by Advancement and Alumni Relations (AAR) – while maintaining good working relations with Fundraisers, Faculty and staff. Consider the interests of all appropriate areas when developing cultivation/solicitation strategies.
  • Research and develop gift proposals aligned with donors’ interests and Faculty priorities.
  • Plan and execute personal canvassing activities including the preparation of solicitation documents, and other pertinent fundraising materials.
  • Develop relationships to support other fundraisers in proposal-writing in response to priorities.
  • Ensure that gifts are appropriately stewarded over the short and long term.
  • With the support of AAR colleagues and other stakeholders, identify and qualify potential major gifts donors and develop significant relationships with them with the goal of securing major gifts.
  • Participate in the Relationship Assignment and Management Protocol (RAMP) meetings of Advancement and Alumni Relations.
  • Adhere to RAMP guidelines and effectively use the established Dashboard. Regularly enter “moves”, contact reports and follow-up actions into the advancement database for the benefit of all users and the institutional memory. Extract information including biographical profiles, prospect pipeline and other related reports.
  • Recruit, train and support volunteers.
  • Perform other duties in support of the unit.


Job requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in a field related to the primary responsibilities and two to four years’ experience in a fundraising role with a proven track record in implementing personal canvass programs in the solicitation of major gifts. 
  • Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken and written English and French in order to write and edit correspondence, provide and interpret detailed information, and deal with complex situations in both official languages.
  • Computer literate, particularly in MS Office and database systems.
  • Self-motivated and an innovative planner; persuasive and able to influence and convince; detail oriented.
  • Resourceful and independent yet works well in a team environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and listening skills; ability to motivate and inspire others (volunteers and staff).
  •  Proven proposal and presentation skills.

How to apply

Please send your curriculum vitae with a covering letter (one document, PDF or WORD) by January 25, 2018 to The subject line of the email should be the position number: C1834..

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.  

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.